Calculate how many failures take place in a year with various different theoretical failure rates in a system.
Divide the class into groups, and have them brainstorm as many safety critical systems as possible that are in common use today. Then compare answers and discuss the possible dangers inherent in the systems.
Discuss, in groups, how each person would react when confronted with a software engineering situation which challenges their ethical standards, particularly in relation to design of a safety critical system.
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CS3604, Fall 1997